Multimodal Composition

For a final homework assignment, I asked my students to define literacy using either Glogster or Voicethread. When I required my students to use technology earlier this semester, I made sure to demonstrate/model–but this time, I only showed them a finished product. I told them that I was intentionally not …

Resourceful Teachers

I got really busy this semester, so I haven’t blogged much–but my amazing Literacy Studies students merit a blog entry or two. So here goes. We’ve been doing a lot of work with technology this semester. Student groups created wonderful Google Sites based on texts discussed in literature circles, creating …

Supporting Student Reading

A local teacher, Jaime Arredondo, visited my class this evening to talk with students about “Reading with Focus.” His presentation made me reflect again on how important it is to help students learn how to process text. My tool belt used to be pretty limited. I’d have students do double …

Working with Challenging Texts

Welcome back from your summer vacation! I hope yours was as relaxing and rejuvenating as mine was. This semester, I’m teaching Literacy Studies for the first time in 3 years. I love teaching this class and was excited to have the opportunity to teach it again. One of the things …